Photo: Nina Choi
Hands-on Time
28 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 28 Mins
Serves 4

This lightened version of goulash features cubed pork tenderloin that is simmered in a mixture of tomato, onion, beer, and spices and served over egg noodles.  The distinctive flavor of the stew comes from Hungarian wax chiles.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place garlic in a small bowl; mash with the back of a spoon to form a paste. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, caraway seeds, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.

Step 2

Heat a large Dutch oven over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and pork in a medium bowl; toss. Add pork to pan; sauté 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove pork from pan.

Step 3

Reduce heat to medium-high; return pan to heat. Add onion and bacon; sauté 7 minutes or until bacon is done, stirring frequently. Stir in garlic mixture; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 1 1/2 cups water, tomato, paprika, and beer; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in red pepper and chiles; simmer 15 minutes. Add pork to pan; simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine remaining 1/4 cup water and flour in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Stir flour mixture and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt into pork mixture. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Step 4

Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Combine noodles and butter in a medium bowl, stirring until butter melts. Place 1 cup noodles in each of 4 shallow bowls; top with 1 cup pork mixture. Top each serving with about 2 teaspoons sour cream. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

Tomtes's Review

April 21, 2012
Very tasty. Just the right amount of spice. The flavors come together really well.

MRathbun's Review

October 16, 2011
Delicious! Just the right amount of kick.

oduamy's Review

June 20, 2012
This was really good! I omitted the cayenne so my kids would eat it. I also doubled the tomatoes for a little more bulk. I will definitely make this again!

OsterC's Review

August 28, 2011
Spicy and yummy! Very flavorful...will definitely make this again!

Mich31's Review

August 19, 2013
Excellent dish that is worth the time. Patience is key as the boiling and simmering bring out those excellent flavors. I could never find the Hungarian chilis so have used Jalapeno (without the seeds) instead. Very nice flavor! We have found the parsley is not needed. My teenages loved it - and their friends! Need to double the recipe though for a family of 4.

mijenn2's Review

September 30, 2011
Great kick! It really builds in flavor as you add more layers, so be patient with the cooking/simmering time. Parsley was a pretty touch, but maybe a little bright for this hearty meal.

annveronica's Review

October 25, 2011
This was worth every minute it took to prepare. I used smoked paprika and it had a lovely flavor. I also make more than the called-for egg noodles. I will make this again.

boognish's Review

October 03, 2011
Excellent recipe! It got rave reviews from everyone at my table. Will definitely make again.

ktleyed's Review

September 16, 2012
This was very good, though needed a lot of salt. I made this in the afternoon, up to the point where you add the flour mixture. Then about 1/2 before we were eating, I finished it up. Not too spicy, for I accidentally added crushed red pepper flakes instead of cayenne and I couldn't find Hungarian peppers, I wound up using frying peppers instead.. Still very good and served with the egg noodles and a nice red leaf salad.

Saecca's Review

August 22, 2012